Our Manchester football writer is online to answer your questions about last night's match at the Bernabéu

11.34am: NisiOptimum asks: "Everyone seems agreed that Mourinho will leave Madrid at the end of the season, but where exactly will he go? Unless City fire Mancini, there doesn't seem to be any major clubs available. PSG?"

Jamie replies:

City would be my thinking, if Mancini goes. I don't think the occasion of this tie has done him any favours, as City's hierarchy will be watching and wishing it was them. Which it was, of course, in the group stage.

11.32am: Andre505 asks: "Will United be more pleased with the draw or more disappointed that they didn't take their chances to leave with two away goals? Madrid dominated but you cannot say United didn't have the chance to grab another goal. Van Persie, Welbeck and Giggs all spurned chances. 1-1 is a good result but we know missed opportunities can often come back to haunt teams over the course of a two-legged tie."

Jamie replies:

A touch of both. 1-1 is great result for Unite. I thought a 2-1 defeat would be nearly as good because of the away goal. I suppose there were a lot of missed changes but that's football, right? I thought Madrid were a bit disappointing. Ronaldo is obviously a few classes above the rest but otherwise United impressed.

11.28am: Bigridgers asks: "How does Ferguson approach the second leg tactically: same again or be more open to try and score the goals to kill off the tie? Surely he can't play for a 0-0. I for one know my nerves couldn't handle that."

Jamie replies:

Great question. I think he has to set up to win the game because, apart from this being the Manchester United way, Ferguson is scarred from last season's 1-0 derby defeat at the Etihad, where he admits he was too concerned about City and containing them rather than his own side taking hold of the game and controlling it.

For me, there has to be a place for Welbeck again as he has now proved how good he is in a big match. He did it for England and the Euros and now last night.

It's three weeks away so a bit can happen but if Vidic, Ferdinand and Evans are all available that will be interesting. And what does he do about Jones? He was outstanding last night in the defensive midfield berth.
I can see the usual 4-2-3-1 shape that will be told to attack but with Jones again in midfield to try and help shackle Ronaldo.

Young, Kagawa, Nani, Anderson, Scholes and Cleverley face a big fight to even make the bench after last night.

11.20am: Utdindeclinesince92 asks: "Are people going over the top in their criticism of Wayne Rooney's performance?"

Jamie replies:

Hmm... interesting one. Not sure if you read this article, but this was my take on Wayne Rooney last night and I thought he did as well as he could in the position he was asked to play.

I think there is little doubt that he's lost that yard of surge that made him a scary force when he emerged and is now a more considered player.
Also, comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo make all players look a little tame, apart from one man, of course.

11.16am: Chris Goode writes: "Do you think the press are being a bit hypocritical with De Gea? We all know he's a great shot stopper and his problems lie in commanding the penalty area. Playing against a Spanish side limited the amount of times he faced that challenge last night so therefore greater focus was on his world class shot-stopping abilities. I hope the press get off his back now and realise the guy is only 22. He won't reach his full potential for another five years, so don't keep picking on his every little mistake."

Jamie replies:

I think generally the media report what they observe, it's part of the job. In a way, you've kind of agreed with this by saying De Gea needs to improve his prowess with crosses and the high ball.
I take the point that goalkeepers get highlighted more, but that's the nature of the position. And as Manchester United's goalkeeper, there will be a harsher spotlight.

In a sense, it's simple really. As long as United keep winning and the mistakes are minimal, Ferguson will not mind. If errors cost points continually then he would have to do something about it. As I think all United fans would agree with.

11.10am: The Guardian's very own Paul Wilson asks: "Why does David de Gea save so many shots with his feet? Is it because he is poorly positioned in the first place, or does he deliberately bring every part of his anatomy into play?"

Jamie replies:

If anything, his positioning is very good – that's why he makes so many good saves. Using his feet to save appears just another way of keeping the ball from goal so I'm not sure if its a bad sign. Last night he was brilliant, I thought.

11.07am: Bolbobiggins kicks things off with a question about United's central defence: "How good is Jonny Evans? After being regarded as a liability for a couple of years he has managed to put together a string of strong performances lately. Is he good enough to play for an elite side like United?"

Jamie replies:

I think he's very good and now has a firm argument for being first choice. Ferguson said he did not risk Nemanja Vidic due to the ongoing nursing of his knee after United played Everton on Sunday, rather than Saturday.

Do you think a season or two ago the manager would not have risked his captain for such a big night if Evans had not improved so much? he's also scoring the odd goal, too, which I know Ferguson likes.

10.20am: Good morning. Jamie Jackson will be online from 11am to take part in a live webchat.

José Mourinho believes the Champions League tie between Real Madrid and Manchester United remains as even now as it was before the teams played last night: "Everything is open for the second leg and I think this will go to the last minute," said the Madrid coach. "If you ask me for a percentage, it's 50-50. We can score more than one goal over there."

Sir Alex Ferguson can take pride in how his team defended last night, but Madrid dominated for long stages, especially in the first half. If the tie is to turn in United's favour, they will need David de Gea to pull off another huge performance at Old Trafford. United can look back on a job done well in Madrid, but they were also unfortunate not to score more. Robin van Persie hit the bar, had a shot cleared off the line and nearly scored the winner with the last kick of the game.

This last-16 tie feels more like a semi-final and it's set up perfectly for the return leg in three weeks' time. Jamie was at the Bernabéu last night and spoke to a confident Madrid manager after the match.

If you have any questions about the tie, drop them into the comments section below.


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